9 Subtle Signs Your Husband Resents You And What To Do About It

Sometimes relationships between married couples can be tricky, and as time passes, you might develop a feeling that your husband resents you. However, before you jump to any conclusion, you should recognize his behavioral patterns that suggest any form of bitterness.

During the initial phase of marriage, couples are strongly attracted to each other. They share a loving relationship and create beautiful memories. However, differences may arise as the relationship grows older, and couples may feel detached. As a result, your husband might start behaving differently.

However, this does not necessarily mean that he dislikes you. If you are concerned, read this post for clear signs that tell you about your husband’s feelings and the steps you can take to resolve the matter.

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When Is Your Husband Likely To Resent You?

Hate is a strong, negative word and may not always be apt for describing your husband’s behavior towards you. But if you think he really disapproves of you and resents you, there might be specific reasons for it. We have listed down a few possible reasons below.

Please understand that these are only possibilities and not necessarily the reasons why your husband’s behavior towards you has changed. The only way to know the reasons your husband resents you is to talk to him about it.

1. You might have hurt him

Hurting him may breed resentment.
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Think of the first time you noticed your husband’s behavior towards you had changed. Try to recall the incidents from the recent past which could have aggravated the situation. Did you do or say something that could’ve hurt or annoyed your partner? Have you disrespected them or insulted them in any way? If you think you may have done something that displeased him and was hurtful, that could be the reason for the sudden change in his behavior. It is best to address it sooner than later.

Perhaps, any past behaviors that may have made your husband feel unappreciated, unrecognized, or ignored could have caused him to feel resentful toward you. Another possibility is that you might have kept some secrets from him, and he learned about them from someone else, which has peeved him. It may seem irrelevant to you, but your husband might think it to be a big deal.

2. You might have betrayed him

When you have been unfaithful to your partner, being sorry about it may not change what has happened. He might have forgiven you, but not forgotten what you did. Whenever he recalls the incident, he might become unhappy and strongly dislike being with you.

3. He might be cheating on you

He might be having an extra-marital affair and likes spending time with his new partner as he is unsatiated in his current relationship. The fact that he is obliged to be with you and not with that person might make him irritated.

4. There is conflict in the relationship

Conflicts can make relationships bitter
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Have you and your husband been fighting a lot lately? The fights could be about sex, having babies, finances, work-life balance or anything else – they could create a rift between the two of you. If they have been too frequent, your husband may have developed resentment.

5. Other reasons

The reasons need not always be significant. Sometimes, constant, petty issues could become problematic in the long run. For instance, if you talk down to your husband (intentionally or unintentionally), don’t let your husband do anything, or are too nagging without realizing how annoying it is, you could make your husband feel frustrated, unapplauded, and unloved.

Sometimes, your husband’s changed behavior or lack of interest in you could be due to his problems. For instance, he might be stressed due to his work or his relationship with his family, friends, or colleagues.

Possible Signs Your Husband Resents You

Here are some signs that will give you an idea of things to think about pertaining to your husband’s behavior. These could suggest that he may currently dislike you, but not necessarily resent you.

1. He is constantly fighting with you

You and your husband might not be talking as much as you used to. When you do, you don’t have an effective conversation and instead end up fighting. He might be blaming you for everything. Even if you try talking gently and cooperating, he seems to be furious. Such disdainful behavior could be a red flag in a marriage, signaling that he might have issues with you.

2. He doesn’t spend time with you

He may resent you and not spend time with you
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Your husband might be disgusted with you and is trying to avoid you. Maybe he likes spending time somewhere else other than at home. Or he may not show any interest when you try to spend some quality time with him. This behavior might be an indication that he enjoys his time doing things without you. If your husband doesn’t miss you and enjoy spending time with you, this is a red flag that something is missing in your relationship.

3. He doesn’t show affection

Hugging, kissing, holding hands, and other forms of physical intimacy happen naturally between a husband and wife. If your husband is trying to move away from you or not showing any such signs of love or affection, then it could signify that his physical attraction and feelings for you have changed and that you have become unfavoured in his eyes.

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Your husband may be going through some issues personally or professionally that he cannot share with you. So don’t blame him for not showing affection. Instead, encourage him to open up to you and show him that you care.

4. He doesn’t remember important dates

It’s okay to forget birthdays and anniversaries sometimes. But if your husband was someone who always remembered important dates and made all arrangements to pamper you, and now he doesn’t seem to care, it could be bothersome. If you observe this occurring in your relationship, it is time to address this unacknowledged behavior through communication.

5. He puts no effort in the marriage

You both did everything together and were always on the same page about the relationship. But now, your husband doesn’t seem to pay attention or make any effort to keep the relationship alive. He is mostly distant or avoids doing things with you. These signs might suggest your husband is unsatisfied and unfulfilled with the relationship.

An anonymous mother of three boys reflects on her husband’s dismissive attitude toward her throughout the span of a day. She writes, “Before saying ‘hello, how are you? Did you have a good night?’ he says ‘Coffee?’ One word. Actually, it is more of a command than a word. I get up and fix him a cup, just how he likes it, and bring it to his bedroom where he will retire for most of the morning. He will call on me only when he needs another cup, usually by sending me a brief text on messenger or over the Google speaker, ‘top off coffee?’ (i)”

6. He is emotionally abusive or violent

Resentment may cause him to be abusive.
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He might be showing signs of being contemptuous and disrespectful towards you. He could be verbally or emotionally abusive or physically violent. Such behavior in the marriage is unhealthy and may signify that your husband has some issues with you and is not comfortable being with you. You should seek help if your husband is abusive. It could also mean he is going through a rough patch and is feeling unsupported. The constant disagreements are bringing out the worst in him. This is a sign that your relationship is in need of attention.

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Abuse of any kind is a big ‘no’ and should not be tolerated. So if your husband is being abusive physically or mentally, take immediate action. You may seek help from a family member, friend, or counselor. If he doesn’t mend his ways, consider taking a break or parting ways.

7. He doesn’t respect your relationship

Besides love and trust, mutual respect between the partners is essential in a marriage. If your husband doesn’t seem to care about you or is too rude to you, or has reviled you in front of others, then it could mean your marriage is in trouble.

8. He is unwilling to communicate

Communication is the key to a successful relationship, but what if your husband withdraws from transparent and honest communication? He may start by not sharing his day’s activities with you and progress to withholding important information. It could mean he doesn’t want to maintain a healthy relationship with you. If you observe that you are getting second-hand information about your husband, it may indicate his lack of interest in you. However, it may be possible that he is going through a rough patch. So, get a clearer picture of what is happening before assuming anything.

9. He compares to others

If your partner constantly compares you with others and finds reasons to belittle you, it means that he doesn’t respect you. He constantly questions your choices and finds fault in you. This may take a toll on your emotional well-being and make you question your worth. So, confront him and let him know how you feel instead of suffering in silence.

These signs may signify that your husband resents you. Those are not the only signs so don’t be so sure about it without talking to him. The behavior could also mean that your husband is disgruntled or offended with you, and resolving the issues causing the anger could save the marriage.

What To Do When Your Husband Hates You?

When you sense that your own husband holds resentment towards you, it can leave you feeling rejected, unloved, unvalued, unwanted, and unaccepted. But there is always hope. Your husband could be angry or disappointed with you. There is always a chance he will become fond of you and love you like before. Nonetheless, a change for the good cannot be guaranteed. But if you love him and have faith in the relationship, here are a few things to try that could save your marriage.

  • Make communication better

He might want to tell you many things but may not know how to communicate well. Try to talk to him with an open mind and keep your ego aside. Share your feelings and ask him if he has any issues with you. Be cooperative, understand what he is going through, and make mutual adjustments to save your relationship.

  • Start afresh

Rather than digging into the past, try to turn the page and start afresh. Don’t argue about the incidents that have happened. Leave everything aside and focus on new things such as going on dates, exchanging gifts, and doing something together to rebuild your bond. Try not to bring up the past during an argument or a conversation.

  • Be supportive and not harsh

Either of you could be at fault, but instead of nagging about what happened to make the partner feel guilty, try to support each other. Think of it as both of you are on the same side looking at the problem with an intention to overcome it together. Say ‘it’s okay; instead of ‘I’m hurt.’ Try to respect each other and show affection; it could help both of you reconnect and forget the past without feeling guilty.

  • Work on your insecurities

You may be ready to move on, but certain things from the past could make you insecure. It can cause you towant to be with your husband to monitor his actions. You may have positive intentions, but your actions could have a negative impact, and your husband might not like it. So, try to contain your urge to control his movements and give him space.

  • Get professional help
Couple therapy may help
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When you are unable to sort out the issues on your own, you may seek help from a professional. Therapists can help you figure out what’s lacking in your relationship. Also, talking to a third person who is objective about the relationship can help you get a different perspective of what your husband may be feeling and where your relationship stands.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How to live with a spouse who hates you?

Talk to them about your concerns and try to ascertain the reasons why they behave distantly. If there is nothing serious, you can sort things out through communication. Go to couple counseling if you can’t resolve issues by yourself. If they continue being abusive, consider taking a break or ending the relationship.

2. What does it mean when your husband resents you?

You may have hurt your husband, and he may be upset with you. He may be dealing with personal problems or challenges at work. It is also possible that he has fallen out of love and doesn’t care about you anymore.

3. Can resentment destroy a marriage?

Yes. A marriage cannot sail smoothly with resentment. Resentment can give way to abusive behavior and trigger fights and arguments. If you don’t iron out differences promptly, it can ruin a marriage. So, identify the signs of resentment in marriage early and take measures to resolve it.

Avoid nagging and try reestablishing proper communication if your husband resents you. If he has stopped enjoying his time with you, engages in fights, avoids physical intimacy, or has stopped respecting you, he may have stopped caring for you. The change in your husband’s behavior may be due to frequent arguments, work stress, feeling of betrayal, or an extramarital affair. Try working on your insecurities, keeping your ego aside. Seek professional help if required. If nothing seems to work, you know that you left no stone unturned, and your efforts went unrewarded. The next step is to focus on your well-being and future.

Infographic: Caring For Yourself During The Tough Phase

All relationships have their highs and lows, and at times love seems to have lost its magic. You need to introspect and bring yourself together when you start feeling your husband doesn’t love you anymore. The phase may be temporary or permanent, but you must not forget to love yourself under any circumstances. The infographic below shows you ways to cope with the situation.

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Key Pointers

  • Every marriage has challenges, but your husband resenting you can be a cause for concern.
  • He might be giving hints and indications of his dislike and disapproval that you might be oblivious to.
  • Do not panic, as you can still resolve issues and get your relationship back on track.
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